Farida finds a new future on the Luton DART project

Two years ago, Farida was keen to get a new career under way after having a family. Having previously worked in retail management, she wanted to use her excellent organisational skills.

Farida was interested in construction but didn’t know how to find an entry point. The answer arrived via our pioneering Luton DART project.

Going the extra mile to help children with autism thrive

Teenager Jen* became aware that she was different to her friends and that they no longer wished to hang around with her. She was socially awkward and no longer seemed to fit in.

When her mum discovered Autism Bedfordshire and its evening social group Wanted Fun, she described it as “a godsend”.

Over 357 trees planted across Luton

The Peace Garden, a wonderful community led and driven initiative to plant trees in memory of those in Luton who have lost their lives to Covid, continues its planting across Luton.

Women’s Aid Luton

Luton mum Shameya was attending a local mental health wellbeing group when her facilitator became concerned that she may be experiencing domestic abuse at home.

Shameya’s partner would not allow her to have any control over the parenting of their children and she was not allowed to see family and friends. She was restricted to her bedroom, and only allowed into the kitchen to cook meals for her partner and children.

Ahmed’s career takes off with a Luton DART apprenticeship

“Of all my friends, I have the best job – I’m in the best team, on the best project! I can’t wait to see how far I can go in this industry.” said by Ahmed Al Hjowj

These are the words of 19 year-old Ahmed Al Hjowj, a former engineering student at Luton’s further education institute Barnfield College, who is now an apprentice on the pioneering Luton DART fast transit construction programme.

Poverty must not stop children from loving to learn

Shortly after her father died suddenly from cancer, Natalie couldn’t bring herself to ask her grieving mum for money for a winter coat. Her dad had been the bread-winner, and mum was struggling. The 11 year old was shivering while trying to play with her school friends at break time, and kept catching colds and becoming unwell.

Have your say, your way

Luton Rising’s public consultation about the proposed long-term expansion of London Luton Airport is into its fourth week.